- 09/05/2011, 01:48PM ET
DJRoxalot said 09/05, 01:48 PM
The New York Giants will miss the playoffs again.
They lost 1 of their WR's in Steve Smith and followed it up by saying that "the fans don't understand the process". They lost their starting TE in Kevin Boss. His replacement Travis Beckum is an untested 3rd player who caught just 13 passes last year and cannot seem to stay healthy.
They are taking away offensive talent from Eli when he needs all the help he can get. Sure, they have an excellent defense but the Eagles improved by signing up every available top FA it seems.
The Cowboys will not be nearly as bad as last year with the return of a healthy Tony Romo to their offense. Plus they added RB DeMarco Murray to replace Marion Barber who went to Chicago.
The defense added an experienced safety to their defense in Abram Elam. He had 79 tackles, 10 PD, 2 sacks and 2 INT's in DC Rob Ryan's system. Ryan is an experienced DC and having Elam will help the Cowboys tremendously.
The Redskins improved their defense. The East is going to be much tougher than it was last season.
(Un) said 09/05, 10:09 PM
I think this is how most people expect the 2011 Playoff picture to look:
NFC North - Packers
NFC East - Eagles
NFC South - Falcons & Saints (any order)
NFC West - Any team, but only one.
Which leaves one remaining wild card spot. I'll say the New York Giants have a better chance of taking that #6 seed than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Last year Tampa Bay was scheduled against the NFC West. That's the closest thing to four free wins as you'll get in the NFL. And they won all four. Meanwhile the Giants had to face the NFC North.
This year the tables have turned. The Giants get to play the NFC West while Tampa Bay faces the NFC North. That's on top of Tampa Bay having to play Atlanta and New Orleans twice each.
Bottom line: New York doesn't need to be the better team to finish with the better record. They have the easier schedule.
Then look at the tie-breaking procedure for playoff seeding: If New York and Tampa Bay finish with the same record, the first applicable tie-breaker is conference record. New York has the easier conference schedule, meaning even a tied record works in their favor.
I didn't post this argument twice on purpose.
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